Business owners, CEOs, managers, human resource professionals, wellness coordinators, risk managers and anyone interested in promoting a healthy work force are invited to attend a workshop about incorporating and maintaining comprehensive wellness programs in the workplace. A national health promotion management company, Health Break, will present information about the components of a wellness program, cost containment strategies, expectations for a return on investment and examples of best practices.
Local retailers rang up a very merry holiday season, outperforming national trends, thanks in large part to gift cards and last-minute shoppers. At The Citadel Mall, sales were up 2.5 percent compared to last year during the final week of Christmas shopping, said Diane Loschen, marketing manager for the mall.
It’s been a couple of years since someone from Colorado Springs has held a spot on the Colorado Bankers Association Board of Directors. But last week, the statewide association announced that Ed Sauer, president and chief executive officer of The Bank at Broadmoor and The Bank at Briargate, had been elected to the board for a two-year term.
Thirty-four grants, funded by Colorado’s new tobacco tax, which totals $8,688,269, have been awarded to state health care organizations and health departments to expand programs and establish programs for the prevention and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease and pulmonary disease. The programs include initiatives to provide free colorectal screening for low-income Coloradoans who don’t have health insurance, programs to ensure better and timelier treatment of strokes and a proposal for a mobile disease screening service for rural counties in southeastern Colorado.
The Pikes Peak Independent Business Alliance needs volunteers to contact members and plan events to promote local businesses. “We had a few setbacks in the last part of 2005,” said Andy Gipe, president of the PPIBA. “But we do have the Web site up, and the online director is working. We just need manpower at this point. We’re trying to get back in touch with members and get things started again.”
It appears more consumers are turning to the Internet to service their credit card accounts. In the first quarter of 2005, the number of people who manage their credit card accounts online grew 28 percent, compared to the same period in 2004, according to ComScore Networks, an Internet monitoring and research company.
The newest Lowe’s store is preparing to open on Jan. 13, with more than 116,000 square feet of retail space. The store, located at the intersection of Union and Powers boulevards, is the second Lowe’s to open in Colorado Springs. Lowe’s is one of the anchors at the First and Main Center on Powers. “We’re opening an average of one new store every three days,” said Lowe’s spokeswoman Karen Cobb. “We’re currently in the fastest expansion in Lowe’s 60-year history.”
Many Americans will be dreading their first look at credit card statements after this year’s holiday season, but credit counselors are offering advice to make the recovery effort less painful. Here’s the list of the steps they suggest consumers should follow:
The National Federation of Independent Business reports that the most important issue for its members going into 2006 is again the cost of health care insurance premiums. According to an NFIB news release, “Small business owners do not have access to the same high-volume health insurance discounts offered to larger companies. This inequity in the system does not provide affordable health insurance options to small employers, leaving many workers and their employers without insurance.”
Last minute shoppers do not have to despair. Several Internet sites are still offering shipping – sometimes at no additional charge – for gifts purchased as late as 4 p.m. Dec. 23. Luxury stores, such as Brookstone, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, diamond.com and RedEnvelope.com, all offer shipping as late as Dec. 23, said Brad Wilson, a professional shopper and founder of bradsdeals.com.
With business loans of about $200 million and a single downtown location, First Community Bank is poised to extend its lending reach with a second location in 2006. The bank received approval this month to open a branch near the intersection of Union and Academy boulevards, said First Community Bank Regional Vice President Doug Woods.